Five lessons learned from Arsenal’s abysmal loss to Manchester City

David Luiz, Arsenal (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
David Luiz, Arsenal (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) /
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David Luiz, Arsenal (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) /

Arsenal faced a disappointing loss away to Manchester City.

Sigh. Arsenal are well and truly back, aren’t they? Yet another away game against the big six, but yet another loss too. And what a loss it was as well, as Manchester City obliterated us by a scoreline of 3-0. In all honesty, it’s just nice to have something other than Covid ruining my week.

Here are five lessons learned from the loss, which Mikel Arteta should use to work on in the next match…

5. I take back everything about Luiz

I’ve always been the first to jump to David Luiz‘s defence. I even claimed that he was out best defender this season, which I do stand by, however, last night’s performance was simply inexcusable.

He came on for the injured Pablo Mari and instantly made his presence known, in a bad way. He was at fault for both the first two goals, with a failed clearance leaving Raheem Sterling through on goal and a reckless challenge on Riyad Mahrez to gift Kevin De Bruyne a penalty he would never miss.

I will happily eat my words; Arsenal shouldn’t trigger the extension clause in the Brazilian’s contract. We can’t keep having clowns in the defence and it doesn’t matter how, the board need to find a way to bring in a top-quality defender to partner William Saliba next season. It’s not good enough.